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SALE: Reduced to $180, originally $235
I named this lovely pendant necklace after the soft, pale green sagebrush plain that surrounds Taos, New Mexico. The scent of fresh sage is incomparable, the essence of the high desert. Members of Taos Pueblo gather it along with cedar and make the most wonderful smudge sticks. I remember once going into one of the rooms in the old pueblo and just being immersed in the scent of fresh sage. Piles of newly-wrapped smudge sticks and loose fresh sage were everywhere. I named this pendant "Deva" in honor of the spirit of the sage.
So, since sage green is a favorite color, I was instantly attracted to this large focal bead by Gary Wilson. It's actually antique glass from a nineteenth century iron smelting operation in Michigan dating from 1875-1900. Pieces of the glass may now be found washed up on the beaches of Lake Michigan, and it ranges in color from sage green to blue, and buff to black. Gary has given it the name "Leland Blue", after its robin's egg blue shade, and has become rather famous for his pieces made from it. The glass is full of bubbles, and this matte-finished piece feels almost like velvet to the touch. Its rounded diamond shape is also very appealing. Note the photo I took looking at the bottom up, and you'll see the symmetry of its shape.
I set the glass bead on a handmade bail of sterling silver. The base of the bail was hammered out into a nailhead shape which, along with a cast sterling bead, anchors the glass bead. The top is an oval loop, hammered on my desert rock anvil and wrapped with finer sterling wire. I oxidized and hand-finished the bail so it would have an ancient and weathered look, and the entire pendant appears to be a relic of a mysterious culture.
An endless strand of beads completes the piece. I created a repeating pattern of faceted pyrite and off-white seed pearls, with tiny glass Delica seed beads in just the right shade of sage green to complement the foundry glass. At the juncture, it's wrapped with sterling wire, and the lower loop holding the bail is strung with Thai Hilltribe Silver beads.
I think this piece is lovely, soft, feminine, and soothing, and it would be perfect for a dressy-casual outfit. It would look perfect over a sweater or long shift. Wear it anywhere, and remember the sage desert.
Size: 18 1/2" from the back of your neck to the base of the pendant. The total length of the strand of beads is 32". The foundry glass pendant with bail is 2 3/8" x 1 1/4" x 1/2".
Care: Wash in lukewarm water to clean and blot dry with a towel. Polish the silver with a silver polishing cloth if desired.
Taos Sage Deva will arrive gift wrapped in a hand-decorated reusable box, along with a handwritten descriptive label and an information sheet on the antique foundry glass.